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Rebecca is a novel by Daphne du Maurier. When published in 1938, du Maurier became – to her great surprise – one of the most popular authors of the day. Du Maurier herself adapted Rebecca as a stage play in 1939; it had a successful London run in 1940 of over 350 performances, and was made into a very succcessful film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940.

Performance history in South Africa

1944: Presented by African Consolidated Theatres, produced by Minna Schneier at the Standard Theatre in September 1944, featuring Taubie Kushlick, Frank Douglass, Shirley Wakefield, Bruce Meredith-Smith and by René Ahrenson at the Alhambra Theatre in Cape Town with Durban actress Lorraine Ellis, Bruce Meredith Smith, Norman Hackworth, Violet Dunlop, Mary Kay, Reg Wilkinson, Nathan Jacobsohn, Charles Marais, Donald Inskip.

1969: An East Rand Theatre Club Silver Jubilee production from 19 to 29 November at the Benoni Small Town Hall was directed by Fiona Fraser, sets designed by Anthony Farmer.

1978: In 1978/9 NAPAC did the play, with Lois Butlin as “Mrs De Winter” . Sets by Anthony Farmer for the NAPAC production opening at the Alhambra Theatre, Durban 16 October 1978.


South African Opinion, 1(8), 1944. 20 and 1(12), 1945. 20; Trek, 9(15):18, 1945.

Theatre programme (1969 production) held by NELM: [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 1006.

SACD 1974, 1979/80;

Wikipedia [1].

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